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South Africa was definitely one of the more positive countries now, although its history of apartheid is probably one of the most brutal and degrading political schemes ever conceived. The notion in South Africa for a long time was that white minority rule must continue at any cost and that paradigm continued to prevail up until Nelson Mandela was elected president in 1994. Prior to that, policies were deliberately designed ...
... the narrow, tree lined, old historic neighborhoods with spooky stories on plaques in front of these spooky historic homes that told the tales of these poor innocent people. Because it is a major tourist trap during the month of October, I also anticipated there would be your standard booths selling witchcraft type wares along with the clairvoyant tents and such. I really thought it would be more of a fall festival type of atmosphere. ...
... received our tour group photo and Lyn and me also received a special gift from Trafalgar re our trip being to celebrate our retirement. Lyn received a beautiful small picture book of the Amish community and I received a Boston Red Sox cap.
Thanks you's were expressed, some highlights shared and lots of photos.
Tomorrow we head to New York (via Newport, Rhode Island) where the tour finishes and we have a couple of days in the Big ...
... happening, at 9 and 10. I arriveed at 8:30 to face a massive queue of people halfway down the street. Cripes. Lucky persistance and patience paid off, and I managed to snaffoo the 77th of 80 tickets allocateed for the 9am tour.
Our tour guide was really knowledgable and funny, and able to give lots of little stories about the park and the Red Sox.
- They were orginally called the red stockings, but the ...
... to do.
And those are the highlights for Boston! Planning on having a nice dinner with my adored brother tonight, and then off for the land of the Scots tomorrow!
Hope you are all well, and I’ll leave you with this excellent quote from Philip Roth, open to your interpretation/discussion:
“Moral: Nothing is never ironic, there’s always a laugh lurking somewhere.” -Portnoy’s Complaint